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    Knobbies on pavement

    Which tires will work tolerably on occasional stretches of pavement? I'm looking at the Kenda Karma and Slant Sixes. Thanks.

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    I have Rocket rons on my bike and they are just plain awesome on and off road. I'm good for at least one 40 mile on road trip for conditioning and some kind of off road excursion every week and thest Rocket Rons have produced flawlessly since December when I bought my bike. I bought some new wheels recently and have had an itch to buy some new skins so i've been looking at some different options and my conclusion is either go with the Rocket Rons again or try to save a few bucks and try the X-Kings?

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    Knobbies on pavement

    A bit heavy, but WTB Wolverines roll really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
    i've been looking at some different options and my conclusion is either go with the Rocket Rons again or try to save a few bucks and try the X-Kings?
    Unfortunately the 650b Contis aren't expected until August. The X-King is probably right up your alley, when I briefly rode them (26x2.2, Black Chili Protection) I found them fast and impressively grippy for such a shallow tread depth. Friends who've spent more time on them report that they wear pretty fast, though (again 26").

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    I have put a lot of "urban" miles on a Slant 6 front tire. Rolls nice. Wears surprisingly well.
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    Re: Knobbies on pavement

    I found Rocket Rons to wear quickly in the rear, i'd recommend keeping them off of pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute View Post
    Which tires will work tolerably on occasional stretches of pavement? I'm looking at the Kenda Karma and Slant Sixes. Thanks.
    "Tolerably" for a bit of pavement? Anything, as long as you understand knobbies are not road slicks and ride according.
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    Racing Ralph.

    Many will disagree, but a knobbies are seriously underrated for pavement. Especially true for good XC tires. I also haven't noticed the wear others warn about. I probably put 200-300 road miles a month on my knobbies. You may experience different, but I've been pleasantly surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    "Tolerably" for a bit of pavement? Anything, as long as you understand knobbies are not road slicks and ride according.
    But you'd agree some are better on pavement than others, n'est-ce pas?

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    Maxxis crossmark work really well on pavement. Probably can get better trail tires, but if you do pavement, well, I was shocked at how good they were when pumped up.

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    What type of trails are you doing? Because Vee Rubber just came out with the Speedster which is a very fast hardpack/street tire. If you need something a little grippier, Quasi-Motos are supposed to be pretty fast.

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    Knobbies on pavement

    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute View Post
    But you'd agree some are better on pavement than others, n'est-ce pas?
    Yup. Generally ranging from poor to terrible compared to road tires.
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    I was totally shocked at how well NeoMotos purred on asphalt...

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    I was totally shocked at how well NeoMotos purred on asphalt...
    There is more to knobby performance on pavement than how they roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    There is more to knobby performance on pavement than how they roll.
    Very true; I've not had any trouble w/, but, they're not what I'm running at the moment when I end up on a lot of pavement either....

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    +1 for the Maxxis Crossmarks. The knobs are ramped and close together to give low rolling resistance. The 62a compound wont get torn up on the pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Yup. Generally ranging from poor to terrible compared to road tires.
    Trying to figure out the least worst option. Maybe there isn't one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcnute View Post
    Trying to figure out the least worst option. Maybe there isn't one.
    It is all a compromise. The better it works on pavement, the worse the performance on dirt.

    Make your selection based on your own priorities.
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    Pavement only serves to get me to dirt. Every knobby tire feels slow on pavement to me.

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    race kings were great for street when I converted my alum HT to street and "bike path" use. cant vouch on their offroad ability (knobs are kind of short) but ive read a few good reviews...

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